staff, April 5, 2016

Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin announced Tuesday that he has hired Andy Buh as the team?s defensive coordinator.

Buh, who has previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and Cal, comes to Maryland from the University of Kentucky, where he?s been the outside linebackers coach since 2015 and was recently promoted to also serve as special teams coordinator. Durkin and Buh were on the same staff at Stanford in 2007.

?I?m excited that we were able to get a quality coach like Andy to join our staff,? said Durkin. ?I?ve known Andy since our time at Stanford and I think he?s an excellent fit for our program. He brings with him a wealth of experience and I?m thrilled to have him on board.?

Buh brings 18 years of coaching experience with him and has helped engineer major turnarounds at Stanford and Nevada. His teams made four consecutive bowl appearances from 2009-12 and he?s sent numerous players to the National Football League.

?I?m thrilled about the opportunity to be reunited with a great friend and football coach in DJ Durkin,? said Buh. ?I can?t wait to meet the rest of the staff, players and people that make the University of Maryland great.?

While only at Kentucky for one season, Buh made an immediate impact. The Wildcats allowed just 198.1 yards per game through the air, ranking fifth in the SEC and Top 30 nationally in passing defense. Kentucky was also stingy in the red zone during Buh?s tenure, ranking fourth in the conference and 14th nationally by allowing opponents to score just 75 percent of the time. The Wildcats also forced nine fumbles in 2015, ranking fourth in the SEC.

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